U.S. Economic Espionage Act of 1996

The criminal liability for the dissemination of trade secrets has become more commonplace as the Internet has been growing at a rapid rate and allows for the quick dissemination of this information. Secret information may be traded via the Internet by electronic mail as well as other means such as file transfer protocol or (FTP). There has been an increase in the cases that are being brought under the Economic Econimic Espionage Act of 1996.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the differences between the civil and criminal actions of trade secret theft acts?
How can businesses avoid liability under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996?
How does the EEA have international complications?

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